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VikingFanEric
03-28-2006, 06:20 PM
Tank Ready to Destroy NFC North
By Eric Krupka
03/28/06


A fine tuned, nearly indestructible machine used as a dominant force against the opposition; it comes barreling in to destroy anything in its path. Standing 6'3" and weighing 223 pounds, chiseled safety Tank Williams annihilates his opponents, leaving them strewn across the field.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings signed the hard hitting safety to an incentive-laden, one year contract that could be worth up to $900,000. It is a bargain of a deal for a great athlete who will step in and be the Vikings' starting strong safety.

A product of the Stanford Cardinal, Williams was drafted in the second-round of the 2002 draft by the Tennessee Titans, and stepped in immediately as a starter. In his rookie campaign he tallied 61 tackles, two sacks, and one interception. In his second year in the league he racked up 74 tackles, a half sack, and two interceptions. His third season was cut short when he tore his ACL. In just nine games in 2004 Williams had 52 tackles, one sack, and one interception.

Williams had surgery and returned in just eight months, a tribute to his hard work, and played the entire 2005 season. He admits that he had a sub-par season and the injury affected his play, but knew that he had to be there for his teammates. However, he still posted 78 tackles, a career-high, last season.

"It was one of those things where I was healthy enough to be back on the field, but I wasn't all the way back yet. I knew I had to be out there just because we were a young team and the guys depended on me. I felt it was in the team's best interests and my best interests to go out there and try to play through it and do whatever I could to help the team. Being able to focus on a whole off-season not of rehabbing but focusing on football stuff and being another year removed from the injury, I feel the sky is the limit," said Williams.

Tank Williams will be an integral part of defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin's version of the "Tampa 2" defense. In Tomlin's defense, the strong safety will often come up to the line of scrimmage to stop the run or blitz the quarterback. Tomlin has hinted at the possibility of even lining Williams up as a linebacker on certain plays to utilize his coverage skills. In the cover two defense, the linebackers are asked to cover a lot of space and drop back into coverage.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress is pleased with the signing of Williams, who will replace the departed Corey Chavous (Rams). Childress said, "Tank Williams can hit you. He can fill up a hole; he can play by the line of scrimmage. Not that he can't play in a deep half, but somewhere you need strikers coming out of the back end."

Williams should be a tremendous improvement over Chavous for a fraction of the cost. In the past couple of seasons, Chavous has visibly shown signs of aging and diminishing skills. Although nobody can deny that Chavous has the superior cover skills, Williams provides an immense improvement tackling, and will bring a "tougher" attitude to the defense. Williams is also five years younger.

When asked how he was physically, Williams responded with, "I'm definitely 100 percent and my focus now is just to work hard."

This is great news for the Minnesota Vikings and bad news for all opponents, especially the NFC North. The tank begins destruction this September in the Vikings' opener against the Redskins.


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whackthepack
03-28-2006, 06:31 PM
With Tank, Sharper and Offord as our safeties we should be fine, and if Fox works out great, we we will probably pick somebody up in the draft too. I just hope if Tank explodes this year that we are able to resign him next year to a long term contract.

Prophet
03-28-2006, 06:31 PM
He has to be tough. He has been called Tank since he was a child. Boys are already testosterone-laden, but when you're called Tank 24/7 it must bring you to another level. Right Jamie?

DarrinNelsonguy
03-28-2006, 06:31 PM
I am glad that we have him aboard now and let's hope he has a great year.

Euphman06
03-28-2006, 06:36 PM
I'm excited, I have always liked his play and wish him a pro-bowl year and that we resign him next year!

Ddawg84
03-28-2006, 06:57 PM
I am really excited about TANK... finally a TRUE STRONG SAFTEY... we have not really had one of those since Robert Griffith in his Prime!

VikesFan4Life
03-28-2006, 07:00 PM
I'm excited too. I wonder if he'll get "T. WILLIAMS" or "TANK WILLIAMS" on the back of his jersey. I know he went with Tank for a while because there was another T.Williams on the Titans.

Probably just T.Williams here.

mr.woo
03-28-2006, 07:03 PM
cool i want all of you guess to start calling me tank so i can take my game to another level.

Slade
03-28-2006, 07:08 PM
I cannot wait to see Tank lay the wood on Ahman Green, Kevin Jones, Thomas Jones/Cedric Benson & the rest of the NFL's RB's from those "other" divisions

cajunvike
03-28-2006, 07:18 PM
"mr.woo" wrote:

cool i want all of you guess to start calling me tank so i can take my game to another level.

Just ask Webby to change your screen name!

VikesfaninWis
03-28-2006, 08:01 PM
Ewwwwww, I am getting excited for the start of the season.. Watch out NFL, we are coming at ya with the Tank....

Json
03-28-2006, 09:12 PM
Great Article. I'm happy we signed him but I don't like the idea of only giving him a 1 year contract because that allows him to possibly move on next year or demand a huge contract if he has a huge season.

LAVike
03-28-2006, 09:20 PM
"Json" wrote:

Great Article. I'm happy we signed him but I don't like the idea of only giving him a 1 year contract because that allows him to possibly move on next year or demand a huge contract if he has a huge season.



I agree. He's young. They should've done a multi-year contract with a low guarantee. They probably have the right to match whatever team offers him a contract . . . still that would get expensive if he has a great season.

Lotza
03-28-2006, 09:23 PM
man i miss the football season...

MensaTice
03-28-2006, 09:28 PM
Other than it only being a one year deal, if this article doesn't get you excited I don't know wha would

WinonaVike
03-28-2006, 09:57 PM
"Json" wrote:

Great Article. I'm happy we signed him but I don't like the idea of only giving him a 1 year contract because that allows him to possibly move on next year or demand a huge contract if he has a huge season.

Tank himself may have only wanted a one year contract so he could get a chance to prove himself, that way if he has a monster season he can seek a large, extensive contract next season.

ThaSuperFreak33
03-29-2006, 12:54 AM
The only thing im disappointed about is we only signed him to a 1 year contract. If he has a pro bowl year he will want a pro bowl salary and we will lose him. We should have done a 3 year deal with him or locked him up even longer.

V4L
03-29-2006, 12:57 AM
And im ready to watch him destroy the NFC North!

ThePurpleCow
03-29-2006, 12:58 AM
Wow we got The Tank for less then a mil, what a steal!

enlvikeman
03-29-2006, 12:59 AM
sweet

damien927
03-29-2006, 01:18 AM
that is carzy cheap for a player of his caliber..... I am sure we got him that cheap because we were willing to only do a one-year deal. Coming off a down year following injury I am sure he wants to try and hit the jackpot. Hopefully it works out for both parties involved.

V-Unit
03-29-2006, 05:57 AM
Yep! Hopefully he tears it up and we sign him to a long term deal mid-season. There is no need to spend our #1 pick on a SS.

DaunteHOF
03-29-2006, 07:37 AM
i like our secondary now, we do need another CB though. I like Devin Hester.

Prophet
03-29-2006, 02:56 PM
"VikingFanEric" wrote:

...On Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings signed the hard hitting safety to an incentive-laden, one year contract that could be worth up to $900,000...

KFFL
Vikings | Contract update: T. Williams
Tue, 28 Mar 2006 20:09:23 -0800

Minnesota Vikings S Tank Williams signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $585,000 in 2006.

maxinator11
03-29-2006, 03:17 PM
tank can get 2 work but lets c how smoot will do, i think he can have a breakout year.

VikingFanEric
03-29-2006, 04:03 PM
"Prophet" wrote:

"VikingFanEric" wrote:

...On Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings signed the hard hitting safety to an incentive-laden, one year contract that could be worth up to $900,000...

KFFL
Vikings | Contract update: T. Williams
Tue, 28 Mar 2006 20:09:23 -0800

Minnesota Vikings S Tank Williams signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $585,000 in 2006.

Its a great deal for the Vikings. Base salary of $585,000 with incentives that max the deal out at $900,000. Hopefully he has a great year and Vikings are able to resign him.

Prophet
07-06-2006, 12:30 AM
Tank Williams (http://www.tankwilliams.com/)

Vikes_King
07-06-2006, 12:54 AM
i always liked chavous, but i do agree that you could tell he was gettin older, cant wait to see Tank in action in purple

NordicNed
07-06-2006, 01:01 AM
There's only one TANK....thats me.......


My nickname, one of many, in high school.....

Braddock
07-06-2006, 01:12 AM
"Prophet" wrote:

Tank Williams (http://www.tankwilliams.com/)

Needs to update his site, wouldn't ya say? Get some pics in the purp

whackthepack
07-06-2006, 03:35 PM
Most of the info was from spring of 2005, he needs to put some purple on that site!


There were connections to other athlete's sites and 1 of them was Onterrio Smith's site. The last news article was about him being humbled and signing with the Boomers, wonder how humble he is after they cut him?

BloodyHorns82
07-06-2006, 03:42 PM
Can't wait to see him tear some heads off.